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December 18, 2013, 20:15,
December 18, 2013, 20:14
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Greg van Avermaet does some testing

Greg van Avermaet does some testing

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Team gather in Spain ahead of new season

The BMC Racing Team gathered in Spain for a week of pre-season training ahead of the 2014 season. Both the riders and staff worked on teamwork with a focus on creating a cohesive unit capable of winning races, which is any team's obvious goal, but BMC hopes to step up from the 2013 season.

"We have set a new standard for where we want to be next year," general manager Jim Ochowicz said. "Winning is the magic word and we are preparing for that here in December."

Allan Peiper, the team's managing directeur agreed. "Everyone must know exactly what is expected of them," Peiper said. "This is a critical year for the BMC Racing Team. We have already said we want to win more races than we did this year when we won 30, which was a team record. So establishing clear communication and direction to achieve those goals are two big elements we are working on."

The camp included the usual mix of team rides, group sessions of core workouts and yoga, and meetings with sponsors and partners, but new to the camp was team building activities for the entire staff, from mechanics, soigneurs, service course personnel and directeurs sportif.

"In an organization that's as big as ours, it's not just the riders who create the winning environment. It is the staff as well," Ochowicz said. "So having them on the same page and preparing as well for the new season is an important event for us. Without that, we can't do our job in the races." 

One Eyed Aussie 10 months ago
Where's Cadel? Best and most popular rider on the team!
movingtarget 10 months ago
Might be in Australia already as he is doing the TDU in January.
Raoul Duke 10 months ago
Seems odd, 30 races is a lot to win, yet in my memory BMC doesn't seem like a winning team. Sky seems to have a lot of big wins, Trek at the Vuelta and Cancellara at the Classics, Nibali at the Giro, Sagan etc, except for when Ballan was animating races except for some action from Cadel and Phinney I don't remember a lot going on. I'm sure many will correct my memory for sure!
movingtarget 10 months ago
Most of those wins were towards the end of the season in second tier races. Nothing to brag about.
Pedal Pusher 10 months ago
Greg van Avermaet had a good year - he was the highest placed rider on the UCI world rankings for BMC at 18th. BMC was ranked 10th out of 19 teams. So I guess they must have had some reasonable results. Ballan didn't race much this year as he still recovers from a bad training accident. Phinney was ranked at 96 with several other BMC riders ranking above him, Evans, TJ, Gilbert, Frank, Hushovd & Oss
AydinR 10 months ago
Nice alu wheels. A pro team can't afford carbon wheels to train on? Weird.
TheBean 10 months ago
Training at this time is not about speed. Thus, training on less expensive and heavier equipment isn't weird. Also, keep in mind that pro equipment is frequently collected from the engineers at the factory and evaluated for the way it stands up to time and use. It is possible that 2013 wheels are being assessed and 2014 wheels have yet to arrive. A Pro team can definitely afford carbon wheels to train on, but the expense would be a complete waste of money. A wise man would learn from them rather than ask rhetorical questions in public.